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I’m as big a fan of YA literature as the next blogger, but I’m starting to get really annoyed with all the series. It started with Meyer’s Twilight series, and it’s only getting worse. Just once, I want to sit down to a YA novel that doesn’t end with a cliffhanger and then a preview chapter of the next in the trilogy.
So the next time you’re ready to fling that “first in a series” against a wall, here’s some great standalone YA/children’s stories to read instead.
1. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White) – A classic, one worth reading aloud with your kids (or by yourself).
2. Impossible (Nancy Werlin) – A twisted story based on the author’s interpretation of Simon and Garfunkel’s song “Scarborough Fair,” which in turn is an adaptation of an ancient ballad about an elfin knight.
3. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (E.L. Konigsburg) – What kid (or, ahem, adult) doesn’t dream of running away to New York and living in the Metropolitan Museum of Art?
4. Number the Stars (Lois Lowry) – I read this about a gazillion times in middle school. Amazing storytelling from an amazing author.
5. Ash (Malinda Lo) – This one took me on quite a ride, and I loved it!
6. Graceling (Kristin Cashore) – I rave about this book at every opportunity. Great main character and themes. Yes, there’s other books set in the world, with Bitterblue being touted as a quasi-sequel, but this book stands perfectly well on its own.
7. The House of Tomorrow (Peter Bognanni) – A story about a boy who lives in a bubble (seriously), punk music, first love, and growing up. Fantastic.
8. Forever… (Judy Blume) – This book made me cry. So wonderful, especially for teenagers/young adults.
9. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky) – Labeled YA officially, but I think even adults can gain a lot from this book. Read it for the first time late last year, and enjoyed it.
10. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett) – A little bit gothic, a little bit naturalist, and all kinds of awesome. Abridged/illustrated versions are great for younger kids, but the full novel is perfect for anyone high school and up. Wonderful.
What standalone YA novels did I miss? Let me know in the comments!